The development comes after several House Democrats told CNN that they are concerned about some of their Republican counterparts and that there have been several conversations about the need for every member of Congress and their guests to start going through metal detectors.
Capitol Police had set up metal detectors outside the floor of the house as of Tuesday afternoon, and all house members, staff and helpers will need to review them, the assistant said. A US Capitol Police source confirmed that the measures are in place.
Acting Arms Sergeant Timothy Blodgett said in a note to all members of Congress and their staff that the metal detectors were installed to ensure compliance with police regulations banning weapons and fire equipment from the chamber.
Members are reminded that firearms under the firearms regulations received by members on opening day are restricted to a member̵
The House Democrats told CNN that they are concerned that some lawmakers are ignoring house rules regarding firearms.
“There has been rising tensions with certain incoming freshmen for several months who have been insisting on bringing firearms into violation of law and guidelines,” a House Democrat said, referring to Republican representatives. Lauren Boebert from Colorado, Madison Cawthorn from North Carolina. and other.
Cawthorn, meanwhile, said in an interview with Smoky Mountain News last week that he was armed when a mob stormed the Capitol.
Micah Bock, communications director for Cawthorn, said the congressman will follow the guidance of the Capitol Police.
“Rep. Cawthorn is exercising his 2nd Amendment rights as well as the privileges that members of Congress have at their disposal,” Boch said in a statement to CNN. “Congressman Cawthorn seeks to follow the guidance of the Capitol Police and is immensely grateful for the work they are doing.”
In a statement to CNN, Boebert called the installation of metal detectors a “political stunt.”
“It is a shame that Nancy Pelosi is trying to disarm members of Congress in the very place that needed more protection on January 6. It is clear that metal detectors would not have deterred the violent acts we saw; this political stunt does nothing. to improve the safety of members in the Capitol complex, “the statement said.
She added: “As I have said in previous statements, I will abide by all applicable gun laws and regulations. I would again like to thank the brave men and women of the Capitol Police for their service and for keeping us safe.”
GOP rep. Rodney Davis, a senior member of the House Administration Committee, said in a statement to CNN that the metal detectors are evidence that “political correctness is going crazy. The threat is outside, not inside. Every resource used inside is one that can not be used. outside. “
Another Democratic congressman told CNN that the concern extends to the people that members of Congress can invite to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
“There is concern about the gun members, but we also do not know who they will bring to the inauguration that can bypass the metal detectors,” said the other House Democrat. “Until there is an investigation, and until we understand our colleagues’ involvement in the attack, we do not know how involved they really were. Until we have answers, I do not think we should trust them – not all of course, but some by them. ”
The other Democrat noted that some of the House Republicans went up on the floor of the House after the attack and continued to share election lies. That Democrat added that some refused to wear masks while lying in place, and now at least three Democrats have tested positive for Covid-19.
This story has been updated with comments from rep. Cawthorn’s office and rep. Boebert.
CNN’s Alex Rogers contributed to this report.